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Here are the nine drivers who will compete for the Indy 500 pole

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Should projected rain showers keep to a minimum Sunday afternoon, nine drivers representing five different teams will attempt to qualify for the pole position in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the Fast Nine Shootout (Sunday, 1:15-2:15 p.m. ET), the top nine drivers from today’s Day 1 of qualifying will have their times wiped away and will run again to set positions 1st-9th – the first three rows on the grid.

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Positions 10-30 were determined today, and the Last Row Shootout (Sunday, 12:15-1:15 p.m. ET) will determine the final three positions of the 33-car field.

Both the Last Row Shootout and Fast Nine Shootout will utilize the same single-car, four-lap average format used today. However, both sessions will only permit one attempt per car.

Here are the nine drivers who will compete in the Fast Nine Shootout, sorted by today’s qualifying times:

  • Spencer Pigot, No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 230.083 mph
  • Will Power, No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet, 230.081 mph
  • Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet, 229.854 mph
  • Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet, 229.749 mph
  • Colton Herta, No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, 229.478 mph
  • Ed Jones, No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing/Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, 229.440 mph
  • Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 229.349 mph
  • Alexander Rossi, No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, 229.268 mph
  • Sebastien Bourdais, No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda, 228.800 mph

Among this year’s Fast Nine, only Carpenter has won an Indy 500 pole (2013, 2014, 2018). He can become just the fifth driver to earn at least four ‘500’ poles, as well as the first driver to win consecutive ‘500’ poles on two separate occasions.

Day 2 of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, including the Last Row and Fast Nine Shootouts, air live Sunday on NBC starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.